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Xi Jinping Conducts Inspection Tour in flood-hit Anhui Province

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Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in east China’s Anhui Province for an inspection tour on Tuesday.

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, visited the floodgate of the Wangjiaba Dam on the Huaihe River and other flood-hit areas in Funan County, Fuyang City. He also went to a “zhuangtai,” a residential structure built on raised ground at a higher elevation that functions as a haven from river floods.

Since June, Anhui has been ravaged by floods and landslides caused by incessant heavy rains.

The president also met with local officials and residents and learned about flood prevention and disaster relief work and the progress of recovery efforts.
People-centered efforts

“I have always been concerned about the people in flood-stricken areas,” Xi said while meeting locals, adding that he felt ease after seeing villagers had a place to live and had restarted production.

Severe rainstorms have hit many regions in China this summer, triggering flooding of rivers. According to the Ministry of Emergency Management (MEM), 54.8 million people in 27 provincial-level regions have been affected.

Chinese leaders have called for unrelenting efforts to ensure the safety of people’s lives and property.

During a CPC leadership meeting on July 17, President Xi stressed putting people’s lives and property first and taking more forceful measures to do well in flood control and relief work.

China has made all-out efforts in flood control and disaster relief with massive mobilization, evacuations and a top-level emergency response in several hard-hit provinces.

Through the nationwide joint efforts, the MEM said, the number of deaths and missing due to floods fell by 53.9 percent from with the national average of the past five years. The number of evacuated people increased by 36.7 percent, the ministry added.

Enhance capabilities to cope with natural disasters

Noting that China has fought against natural disasters for thousands of years, Xi on Tuesday also urged respect for nature, harmony between humans and nature and efforts to improve capabilities to cope with natural disasters.

“We should modernize our ability to prevent and combat natural disasters in our effort to build a modern socialist country in an all-round way,” Xi added.

Hailed as the “most important floodgate on the Huaihe River,” the floodgate of the Wangjiaba Dam sets a good example of China’s flood preparation.

The floodgate, built in 1953 was opened for the 16th time on July 20 to store water, intercepting 375 million cubic meters of potential floodwater by July 23 when it was closed.

The CPC leadership meeting on July 17 also stressed that China needs to comprehensively enhance its disaster prevention capability and will include capacity building on disaster prevention in its 14th Five-Year Plan covering the period 2021-2025.

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Xi Says CPC is the ‘Strong Force’ to Lead Chinese People Forward

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The past 110 years have proven that the Communist Party of China (CPC) is the “strong force” to lead the Chinese people to realize national rejuvenation, President Xi Jinping said at a meeting in Beijing on Saturday marking the 110th anniversary of the 1911 Revolution.

“The Party was chosen to lead by history and by the people… Without the Communist Party there would be no new China and no national rejuvenation,” said Xi, also general secretary of the CPC Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission.

The 1911 Revolution, or Xinhai Revolution, overthrew the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and put an end to the absolute monarchy in China.

The history of the Xinhai Revolution began with the Wuchang Uprising, an armed rebellion against the Qing Dynasty rulers that broke out on October 10, 1911 in what is today’s Wuchang District, Wuhan City, in central China’s Hubei Province.

The Revolution marked a historic step, leading to the establishment of the Republic of China (1912-1949) and ensuing social changes in the country.

The People’s Republic of China was then founded in 1949.

On Saturday, Xi said that “socialism with Chinese characteristics has proven to be the only correct path” to realize national rejuvenation.

“On the journey ahead, we must uphold and develop socialism with Chinese characteristics, keep adapting Marxism to the Chinese context and the needs of our times, remain firmly committed to our aspiration and our path, and make sure the future of China’s development remains firmly in our own hands,” he said.

Xi added that “the Chinese people must rely on our own heroic efforts” to achieve national rejuvenation. “Never has history taken a peaceful or tranquil course; it has always advanced amid setbacks and difficulties.”

He quoted late Chinese leader Mao Zedong, who said: “Our forefathers never stopped waging unyielding struggles against domestic and foreign oppressors… By our own indomitable efforts, we the Chinese people will unswervingly reach our goal.”

Xi called on China to “seize the opportunities that the era has offered” in a world that is “undergoing momentous changes of a kind not seen in a century.”

“Through courage and skill, we will overcome all major risks and challenges that may impede our path to national rejuvenation and resolutely safeguard our national sovereignty, security and development interests.”

Xi urged that “the Chinese people and the nation must stick together through good times and bad and rely on our strong unity to overcome all risks and challenges on the road ahead.”

He noted that a united people with a great spirit of patriotism has always been “an important instrument that has allowed the CPC to rally the people’s support and pool their strength” for all endeavors.

He also pointed out that both “a stable and united domestic environment” and “a peaceful and stable international environment” are required to achieve national rejuvenation. “Our people hope to successfully realize national development, but they also hope to see all peoples of the world leading happy and peaceful lives,” he said.

“On the journey ahead, China will always fly the flag of peace, development, cooperation and mutual benefit, strive to promote the building of a human community with a shared future, and endeavor to improve the global governance system,” Xi said.

In his speech, Xi also reiterated that the Taiwan question will be resolved as national rejuvenation becomes a reality. “This is determined by the general trend of Chinese history, but more importantly, it is the common will of all Chinese people.”

“National reunification by peaceful means best serves the interests of the Chinese nation as a whole, including our compatriots in Taiwan,” he said.

Xi called on compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Straits to “stand on the right side of history and join hands to achieve China’s complete reunification and the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.”

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CMG: Continue to Support Taiwan Entertainers to Perform on the Chinese Mainland

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The gala celebrating the National Day of China broadcast by China Media Group (CMG) has received a warm response at home and abroad. Many entertainers from Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan regions performed on stage with their mainland counterparts, presenting a high quality gala.

In response to the recent threats against actors and actresses by some media in Taiwan, the spokesperson for the Culture and Art Program Center of the China Media Group has replied as follows:

“At every major festival of China, the China Media Group will produce special programs and invite entertainer from Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan to join with those in the mainland to participate in the performances and share the glory of the festival.

Taiwan entertainers participating in the variety shows and other activities are well received by the audience.

In disregard of the facts, some media have frequently threatened, intimidated, and slandered Taiwan entertainers who have contacts with the mainland. We are firmly opposed to this. We reiterate that we welcome entertainers from Taiwan to participate in our programs.”

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Latest Round of Talks Between China and U.S. Concludes in Switzerland

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The latest round of talks between China and the U.S. concluded in Zurich on October 6. Chinese delegates are departing after talks with U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan.

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